You are My Prophet

Today’s readings send out a call all Christians to preach the word of God to the world. In the first reading we find Amos delivering God’s message in a foreign land. Amos made it clear this was not his life’s calling. “I’m no prophet,” he said, “I’m just a shepherd.” In the Gospel, Jesus sends his ill-prepared apostles on the mission of bringing His truth to those who will listen. God knew what he was doing in carefully choosing those men even though they weren’t preachers by trade.

Both Amos and the apostles knew they would be confronted by people who found it hard to accept the truth. Amos was thrown out of Bethel and told to go back to where he came from. Likewise, Jesus warned his apostles that many people would not welcome their preaching. They would be ridiculed and turned away for bearing God’s message. When that happened, Our Lord told them to shake the dust off their feet and continue-on with their mission.

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There is a way out of envy

If you look up the word ‘envy’ in the dictionary, it means ‘A feeling of resentment aroused by a desire for the possessions or qualities of another.’ If envy goes unchecked, it can destroy everything we love and care for.

The Olympics date back to the Greek games held on the plains of Olympus in 776 BC. Ancient towns often honored the victorious with statues. One day an envious loser rocked the statue of his opponent until it fell. The problem was, the statue fell the wrong way and crushed him to death.

There are times when we can feel envious of a new car, new kitchen, a better promotion and these feelings can overwhelm us. Envy is a grave sin and thus leads you into a self-absorbed obsession that blocks out reality and the true dignity of another person.

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by Father Cioppi

Just have Faith!

The images of healing presented in today’s Gospel remind us of the power of God’s love to restore us to life when sickness and death surround us. Our celebrations of Christmas and Easter underline our belief that makes us uniquely Catholic, that God made the human person in ‘the image of his own nature.’ It is precisely in this relationship that the human person is elevated from merely human to the divine.

Both the hemorrhaging woman and the synagogue official encounter the same Christ that we do. They rightly turn themselves and their difficulties over to Him, surrendering what they cannot control in their lives, to Christ.

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by Father Cioppi

Don’t take a vacation from Mass

Summer is a wonderful time to get away for rest and rejuvenation, but don’t let summer fun draw you away from what is always important, your weekly Mass obligation.

Check out the Mass times in the area you are traveling by visiting www.masstimes.org

Enjoy the summer and be safe.  We look forward to seeing you on your return to King of Prussia.

 

 

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by Susan Dugary

by Susan Dugary

MDP: Shore Up the Future

MDP: Shore Up the Future

Dear Family and Friends of MDP,

On December 8th, Mother of Divine Providence parish celebrated its 63rd Anniversary as the Catholic community of King of Prussia.  Throughout those many years, we have been blessed with a beautiful campus, an outstanding elementary school and wonderful parishioners.

Most of you who are founding members, built a solid and beautiful campus where the liturgical, spiritual, sacramental, educational and cultural needs of our parishioners can be met.  We need now to “Shore Up the Future” for generations of Catholics to come.

Last fall you should have received in the mail a copy of our Parish’s June 30, 2017 Operating Report.  Your weekly contributions to the Sunday collection have allowed the parish to operate on essentially a break-even basis.

Like many of us, as our campus ages, it needs repairs that go beyond our normal operating budget which is funded by our Sunday collection.   Over the next 2-3 years, we face several large repair and/or replacement projects that are necessary to keep our campus safe and functional.  These projects, which can no longer be deferred, include the following: Continue reading

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by Susan Dugary

Christ has always been the ‘stone rejected’

What we celebrate during these Easter weeks is our new life in Christ. Saint John says:” See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” And yet he warns us that the world will never know us because it will never recognize Him.

We forget that the Church will never belong totally to the world and that the world will never fully accept the Church. In fact, if we find we ourselves becoming accepted by the world, we know we have become too complacent. The Church flourishes when it suffers, like Jesus on the Cross.

So, we need to be careful if we are to lead this new life, we need to be watchful that the seeds of this world are not nourished but rather are rooted out by our vigilance in prayer and in the reception of the sacraments.

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by Father Cioppi

Resources to Build Strong Families

Support, encouragement, and advice for marriage and parenting at every age and stage.  Solid Catholic content sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:  http://www.foryourmarriage.org

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by Susan Dugary

MANY THANKS to all who made the “Helping Hands” Rice Bowl Service Project a great success!

Last weekend, nearly one hundred volunteers came together in the MDP gym to pack meals for Burkina Faso, Africa!

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of so many people, we were able to purchase, pack, and ship FOURTEEN THOUSAND high-nutrient meals to communities living in poverty in Burkina Faso, Africa!

Funds were raised through the Lenten Poor Box and Operation Rice Bowl.  We had initially planned to raise $5,000… but last week we hit the $7,000 mark, and still have a few more Rice Bowls to tally!

Our event was fun and high-energy… with music blasting, a few people were caught having a dance party while we packed!

As a family-friendly service project, we had a job for everyone ages 5+.  Our smallest volunteers had some of our best attitudes and “helping hands!”

And we couldn’t have done it without our heavy-lifters, who shouldered boxes and bags of rice weighing up to 50 lbs!

Our leadership team was comprised of the Ettore, Lloyd, and Galdi families.  Many thanks to each of them!

We are especially grateful to our fundraising partners: MDP Lenten Poor Box, Operation Rice Bowl, MTC Regional Catholic School, MDP Knights of Columbus, and MDP PREP!  And we are thankful to Medina Professional Photography Solutions for capturing the wonderful spirit and energy of our big day.

Watch for our next “Helping Hands” event in Spring 2019! If you would like to be on the Helping Hands / Operation Rice Bowl team for next year, please contact Lauren Joyce at 610-337-2173.

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by Lauren Joyce

Deacon Greg Maskarinec’s Easter Homily

Christos Voskrese!  Voistinu Voskrese!  Those are the first words I remember hearing each Easter morning as a child.   Well, not the first.  The first words were talking with my brothers about the excitement of Easter while we lay in bed waiting for the go ahead to get up.  We talked about what kind of candy we would get in our Easter basket.  And we’d talk about the feast we’d have after Mass: ham, kielbasa, pascha with raisins, kolachi, hrutka and hard boiled eggs.

When we got out of bed we’d exchange the obligatory Easter greeting with one another…Chritos Voskrese! and the response…Voistinu Voskrese!  As a kid, I hated that part!  Why couldn’t we just say “Christ is Risen!  Indeed He is Risen!” which is what the Slovak “Cristos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese” translates to in English.  Or better yet, why couldn’t we be like a normal family an just say “Happy Easter”?

When I first learned that Easter greeting I’m sure I was too young to understand what it meant that Christ is risen from the dead.  That was many years ago.  My understanding of Easter and its profound implications have deepened over the years.  Hopefully, so has yours.  By Jesus’ passion and death He has paid the price for our sins.  By Jesus’ resurrection He had conquered death and we are no longer held in its clenches.  By Jesus’ resurrection He has ushered in a new kingdom – a new heaven and earth.  We are members in this new kingdom through our baptism into Jesus’ death and resurrection.  We don’t have to live as though this is the only shot at life.  We don’t have to grasp at every pleasure that only brings temporary happiness.  We trust that we will rise with Christ in gloried bodies that do not experience the decay and limitations of our earthly bodies. Continue reading

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by Susan Dugary